Canadian Anesthesiology Society – 2023 awards

June 27, 2023


Dr. Ki Jinn Chin 


Dr. Ki Jinn Chin is a clinician-scientist and professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Toronto, and his academic productivity, research, technical achievements, knowledge translation and dissemination have moved the practice of anesthesia forward on a global level. 

Since his initial appointment in 2008, Dr. Chin has been an innovator in the field of regional anesthesia, developing several new techniques and refining existing ones. More importantly, he has been instrumental in spreading the knowledge and instruction of these techniques to the worldwide anesthesia community. He does so not only through conventional scientific research and publication in peer-reviewed medical journals, but also by the creation of numerous educational videos that are hosted on a YouTube channel. Among his many accomplishments are demonstrating that ultrasound imaging of the spine could reduce the difficulty of spinal and epidural anesthesia in the older adult population with challenging anatomical factors such as obesity, scoliosis, or previous spine surgery. Dr. Chin is the lead author on a review article describing the fundamental technique for ultrasound imaging of the spine, which remains the standard to this day, and developing and describing the superior trunk block.  

Dr. Chin has held 15 peer reviewed grants as either principal investigator or co-investigator. Among them is the 2011 CAS Abbott Laboratories New Investigator Award in Anesthesia with an extensive publication history of over 100 peer reviewed manuscripts published in top tier journals with the highest impact factors. Within CAS, Dr. Chin has served as Vice Chair and Chair of the Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Section, from 2014 to 2018. 


Dr. Vincent Chan


Dr. Vincent Chan has contributed to global clinical anesthesia practice for the past three decades and is known as a world leader in the development of ultrasound as an adjunct to performing regional anesthesia. His efforts to advance this technology and subsequent years of training generations of physicians and disseminating his knowledge across the world have made regional anesthesia an accessible strategy for anesthesiologists everywhere.  
Dr. Chan has held 36 peer reviewed funded research grants, published over 200 peer reviewed publications and has presented his work numerous times across Canada and the world. He is continuously expanding the profile of Canadian Anesthesiology. Furthermore, he has led numerous international conferences, establishing the University of Toronto and Canada as leaders in global anesthesia teaching.  

Dr. Chan has worked as a reviewer and editor for several prestigious anesthesiology journals including the Canadian Journal of AnesthesiaAnesthesia and AnalgesiaRegional Anesthesia and Pain medicine and Anesthesiology.
Within CAS, he was the Vice Chair of the Regional Anesthesia Section between 1998 – 2003, and member of the Chronic Pain Subcommittee in 1996. His leadership and advocacy in regional anesthesia led to his election as President of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA). He remains the only Canadian to have held this international position. In recent years, Dr. Chan has held the position of Director of Faculty Development for the University of Toronto Department of Anesthesia and Pain Management.